Aviation Engineering News

The aviation industry is built on a backbone of large-scale engineering, from 400-seater VLAs like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777x to the complex mechanical operations behind large international airports.

Airlines are facing new challenges surrounding long-haul flights, reduced flight times, safety pressures and environmental impact. Engineering solutions including super-sonic aircraft, wing design and aerodynamics are beginning to shape the future of the industry and define the engineering that it is producing.

Due to the multinational nature of air travel, the aviation industry is often subject to a broad range of international standards and legislations which, in turn, can affect the engineering behind the aircraft. In recent years, the industry has seen ever-increasing pressures to improve its environmental credentials and safety record. All of this whilst trying to reduce costs in line with low-fare airlines and an increasing demand from travellers for cheap flights to a wider range of destinations than ever before.

This page is the only place you need to go to find all the latest aviation engineering news including the latest airliners from the likes of Boeing and Airbus to new jet engines from Rolls Royce and updated systems being deployed in domestic and international airports. We’ll keep you up to date with the introduction of new airliners, the retirement of older models and who’s picking up key contracts to produce replacement global fleets across the commercial aviation industry.  

How an internet search helped cause dual A321 engine stall

Categorised as a “serious incident” by investigators, the simple mistake by engineers caused the powerplants to begin surging at just 500ft after take-off

What happened when NASA deliberately crashed an airliner?

Nearly 40 years ago, a full-size jetliner was intentionally crashed into the desert by a team of scientists. Key.Aero reveals how and why it was done, and what lessons were learnt

RAF celebrates 40 years of Chinook ops with special scheme

The Royal Air Force has applied a special Union Jack-themed scheme to one of its Boeing Chinook HC6A heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters in celebration of the type’s 40 years of operational service

USAF deploys six B-52Hs to Qatar

Six USAF-operated Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic heavy bombers have been deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to protect US and coalition forces as they conduct drawdown operations from Afghanistan

India’s purchase of six more P-8Is gains US approval

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of six Boeing P-8I Neptune maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and related equipment to India for an estimated cost of US$2.42bn

Airbus test pilot explains high-risk flight manoeuvres

Before any new airliner can begin flying passengers, manufacturers are required to put them through their paces to ensure that they’re up to regulatory standards. Speaking to Key.Aero, Airbus experimental test pilot Frank Chapman reveals the riskier manoeuvres in the flight test programme

Airbus demos ground-based operation of C295 FITS mission system

Airbus has successfully concluded a flight test campaign featuring a new capability for the C295 FITS mission system (COMMOMISS), which enables it to be remotely operated by ground-based crews

US approves sale of additional CH-47Fs to Australia

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of four Boeing CH-47F Chinooks and related equipment to the Australian government for an estimated cost of US$259m

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Inside the world of passenger-to-freight conversions

As more aircraft are retired from passenger service, the abundance of airframes available for conversion is seen as a cost-effective alternative to new-build examples. Nigel Pittaway explores some of the passenger-to-freighter options on the market from both the manufacturer and third-party providers

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The development of fly-by-wire technology on airliners

Fly-by-wire technology on commercial airliners was a revolution. However, such radical changes prompted some to consider the merits of automation over human control, as we discover in this exclusive extract from a new book

Aviation Engineering Companies

The aviation industry is made up of engineering giants including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Gulfstream and Honda. Between them, they produce a wide variety of aircraft from single propeller craft and private jets through to the European short haul favourite, the Airbus A320 and long-haul behemoths like the Boeing 747.

This page will keep you up to date with the latest engineering news from these companies including ongoing projects, testing phases and maiden flights for new models. Be the first to find out which airlines are updating their fleets with the latest models and which manufacturer has secured the production contract.

To find out more on commercial aviation news take a look at some of our other related pages including Airport NewsAirport Technology and Commercial Aviation News.

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